Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.
Fri 8 Aug 2014
The French army declares a victory in their lost province of Alsace.
Thu 7 Aug 2014
British Trade Unions announce they will not oppose the war.
Wed 6 Aug 2014
German Zeppelins bomb the Belgian city of Liege, the first air attack on a European city.
Tue 5 Aug 2014
Advertisements in British newspapers urge the public to enlist in the army.
Mon 4 Aug 2014
Britain declares war on Germany.
Sun 3 Aug 2014
The British foreign secretary speaks in favour of war at the House of Commons.
Fri 1 Aug 2014
The British cabinet is split over whether to join the war.
The German government receives word that Britain will remain neutral.
Thu 31 Jul 2014
Panic in the financial markets as the Bank of England is forced to close.
Wed 30 Jul 2014
The tsar orders a full mobilisation of the Russian army.
Tue 29 Jul 2014
The Kaiser sends a telegram to the Tsar to try to prevent war.
Mon 28 Jul 2014
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
Sun 27 Jul 2014
Reactions to British soldiers shooting unarmed protesters in Dublin.
Sat 26 Jul 2014
The British foreign secretary proposes mediation to settle the Balkan crisis.
Fri 25 Jul 2014
Margaret Macmillan tells the story of the events leading up to the First World War.
Thu 24 Jul 2014
Britain and Russia react to Austria-Hungary's ultimatum.
Wed 23 Jul 2014
Austria-Hungary delivers the ultimatum to Serbia.
Tue 22 Jul 2014
The Russian royal family give a lavish welcome to the French President.
Mon 21 Jul 2014
The King warns of civil war in Britain over Irish Home Rule.
Sun 20 Jul 2014
The French President arrives on a state visit to Russia.
Sat 19 Jul 2014
The Royal Navy fleet gathers for a review by the King.
Fri 18 Jul 2014
Mohandas Gandhi leaves South Africa.
Thu 17 Jul 2014
Lloyd George warns of civil unrest among the trade unions and in Ireland.
Wed 16 Jul 2014
A meeting of Suffragettes is attacked by a mob.
Tue 15 Jul 2014
Jean Jaures calls for an international general strike in the event of war.
Mon 14 Jul 2014
The French parliament hears revelations that the military is short of arms.
Sun 13 Jul 2014
The investigation into the assassination of Franz Ferdinand reports back to Vienna.
Sat 12 Jul 2014
The Russian monk Rasputin is attacked.
Fri 11 Jul 2014
Crowds gather for the first London to Paris Air Race.
Thu 10 Jul 2014
Suffragettes' protests disrupt the King's visit to Scotland.
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